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2012 BMW 5-series will get 4-Cylinder Engine

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author photo by Jeffrey Archer July 2011

When the 2012 BMW 5-series goes on sale this fall, it will offer a little extra fuel efficiency. That's because BMW is dropping the 528i's base six-cylinder engine for the new model year, replacing it with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder - the first four-cylinder engine ever offered in an American 5-series.

Described by BMW as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan it's ever offered in the US, the 2012 528i should be capable of around 37 mpg on the highway and nearly 29 mpg in combined driving thanks to its "TwinPower" four-cylinder. That's a fifteen percent increase over the 2011 model's six-cylinder engine.

But don't think the new 528i will be losing its sporty edge to achieve those lofty fuel economy figures. According to BMW, the new TwinPower four-cylinder will produce 240 horsepower - the same output as the old six-cylinder. Better yet, torque will actually increase, jumping from 230 pound-feet to a muscular 260 - and it will be available sooner, peaking at just 1,250rpm. BMW says that makes the new 528i capable of reaching 60 mph a half-second quicker than the outgoing model, likely in around 6.2 seconds with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission.

So the new 528i is quicker and more efficient - and there's still one more trick up its sleeve. BMW says the 2012 528i will be available with the xDrive all-wheel drive system, previously offered only on the 535 and 550 models. Although all-wheel drive will likely cut down somewhat on the 528's miserly fuel economy, the system will provide improved traction in extreme weather.

While BMW has not announced pricing for its new 528i, we don't expect it to be too much higher than the current model's base price of $46,000 including destination when it arrives at dealerships in the fall.

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